Montis & P1A – A3.1

Deadline to apply to this volunteering scheme: 1 March 2019

MONTIS is an environmental non-governmental organisation. Based in Vouzela, it was created in 2014. Its mission is to create biodiversity value, through the sustainable management of natural heritage in a way that is engaging, transparent, and open to all interested parties.

The activities of the association focus on the active management of properties that it either owns or looks after, which cover more than 150 ha, the majority of which are located in the central region of Portugal (municipalities of Vouzela, São Pedro do Sul, and Arouca).

Plantar Uma Árvore
Vila Real, Serra do Alvão and Rede Natura 2000

Mountain plateau dominated by a mosaic-like landscape of agricultural, grazing, and forest lands. High altitude arid landscape with vegetation used to hot summers and cold winters. The area contains small villages and hamlets. The area features environmental degradation. Forests have been reduced to hedges and bushes due to intensive grazing and logging, as well as the spread of invasive species. Most activities are carried out in private or public agroflorestal terrains.

MONTIS:

  • Office work (for example, communication, data base update, selection of measures, among others);
  • Field work support in managed properties (including natural engineering solutions, controlling invasive species, restoration of riparian and forest habitats, planting and seeding of native species, conduct of natural regeneration, among others).

Plantar Uma Árvore:

  • Atividades de campo diversificadas como a remoção de espécies invasoras problemáticas, plantação e propagação de vegetação nativa;
  • Field work activities such as removal of invasive species, plantations, and promotion of native vegetation;
  • Natural engineering work along water lines;
  • Management of walking trails;
  • Raising awareness among tourists, small landowners, and local entities;
  • Coordination of field activities with other volunteers.

Volunteering period:

  • Start of the volunteering period: 11 March 2019;
  • End of the volunteering period: 11 July 2019;
  • Volunteering duration: four months (first two months will be spent with Plantar Uma Árvore, and the remaining two will be with MONTIS).

Application deadline for this volunteering scheme: 1 March 2019.

With the support of the LIFE Volunteer Escapes project, MONTIS will deploy volunteers registered on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) platform:

  • Guidance by a specific supervisor, designated in the volunteering agreement;
  • Theoretical and practical instruction of the tasks to be performed;
  • Compulsory insurance provided;
  • In terms of accommodation, the volunteer will stay in a shared flat with other ESC volunteers. However, sometimes, it may be necessary to stay in alternative housing or to camp;
  • Daily allowance of 15 EUR for food;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses from place of residence to hosting organisation (away and return per volunteer per volunteering period), in accordance with the thresholds set by the ESC.

With the support of the LIFE Volunteer Escapes project, Plantar Uma Árvore will deploy volunteers registered on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) platform:

  • Guidance by a specific supervisor, designated in the volunteering agreement;
  • Theoretical and practical instruction of the tasks to be performed;
  • Compulsory insurance provided;
  • In terms of accommodation and food allowance, the volunteer will receive up to 20 EUR per volunteering day, which should meet the basic needs of accommodation;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses from place of residence to hosting organisation (away and return per volunteer per volunteering period), in accordance with the thresholds set by the ESC:
    • 10 to 99 km: up to 20 EUR;
    • 100 to 499 km: up to 180 EUR;
    • 500 to 1999 km: up to 275 EUR;
    • 2000 to 2999 km: up to 360 EUR.